Sci/tech

Zanzibar Dolphin Deaths Puzzle Scientists
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Ali Sultan, Associated Press

Preliminary investigations have failed to yield an explanation of why hundreds of dolphins left their deep offshore habitat, got stranded in shallow waters and later washed up dead on Zanzibar's northern coast, a scientist said.

Global Warming Weakens Vast Pacific Climate System
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Climate scientists identified a likely new victim of global warming Wednesday: the vast looping system of air currents that fuels Pacific trade winds and climate from South America to Indonesia.

Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery, Scientists Claim
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

The ozone layer is showing signs of recovering, thanks to a drop in ozone-depleting chemicals, but it is unlikely to stabilise at pre-1980 levels, researchers said on Wednesday.

Global Warming Differences Resolved with Corrections in Readings
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A nagging difference in temperature readings that had raised questions about global warming has been resolved, a panel of scientists reported Tuesday.

Scientists Vote to Track Down Jaguar
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of government scientists has voted to capture one of a handful of jaguars known to live in the United States, drawing protests from environmental groups.

Greenhouse Gases Showed Steady Rise in 2005
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Carbon dioxide, emitted by coal-burning power plants and cars, increased last year, according to NOAA's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, or AGGI. So did nitrous oxide, a byproduct of farming and industry.

Federal Grants Fund Suburban Bobcats Study
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Wilson Ring, Associated Press

In Vermont, state wildlife biologist Mark Freeman and his colleague Olivia LeMaistre are trying to determine how a species that's typically wary of humans is faring as development expands into rural areas.

NASA Rounds up Roadkill for Shuttle Safety
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Irene Klotz, Reuters

NASA has set up what it calls a "road kill posse" to quickly clear as many carcasses as possible from the 6,000-acre site, in hopes of encouraging the vulture population to relocate by cutting off its food supply.

Dam Researcher among Environmental Prize Winners
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Chinese researcher who prompted officials to give greater thought to building dams and an activist who exposed timber plunder in Liberia were two of six recipients Monday of one of the world's most prominent environmental awards.

Global Warming Behind Record 2005 Storms, U.S. Expert Says
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Thom Akeman, Reuters

A leading U.S. government storm researcher said Monday that the record hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming.

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